Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Mary Kay beauty class with Adrianne

A good friend recently decided to venture into the beauty business and she was enthusiastic to practice her demo with us. Though it started off a little rough, I was totally sold in the end!

It's a basic beauty class for Mary Kay products. I've totally enjoyed the session and I'm actually in awe with my own skin at the end of the class LOL!!! Honestly, it did feels plumped up and soft to the touch like those beauty advertisements where the skin feels 'toing toing' :-)

Meet our beauty consultant, Adrianne
Me, goofing around while waiting :-p
Joyce, our hostess
A glowing me, after the session!
Azreen too!!!

While waiting for the LRT, with natural lighting, I've never seen my skin glow so nicely! I'm truly intrigued but have to wait lah as...

1. I do still have at least a year stock of beauty products so have to finish it first
2. The range is not cheap so most likely having to buy it 1 by 1 lah

So have to be patient now before achieving flawless skin especially freckles free!!!

If you are interested, you can send me an email and I'll pass your contacts to Adrianne ya...
OR you can get in touch with her directly here:

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

MPOV: Small Great Things

My rating: 5/5
Goodreads rating: 4.34/5
First published: October 5, 2016
Author: Jodi Picoult
Genre: fiction, realistic fiction, adult fiction, contemporary

Ruth is living her dreams. She's working as a neonatal nurse, has a straight A's student son in a prestigious school and staying in a good neighbourhood. However, all of that changed when a newborn baby died in Ruth's hands. Her license has been suspended pending a murder trial. Her future has been shattered because of the dead baby's parents who are charging her with murder.

Turk and Brittany, the dead baby's parents, are white supremacists who had stated clearly that they do not wished to have any African American nurses to tend to their baby. Naturally Ruth, who is black, is enraged when she heard about it but let it go since there are other babies in need of her expert care. When this baby was in distress and Ruth was the only nurse available, she's stuck... to touch or not to touch? Should she try to save the baby or should she stand at the side and wait for her supervisor?

This book speaks volume. The characters and plots in this book are so relatable especially in the current livelihood everywhere. Racism is rampant but most people would still try to deny it even though it's right in front of them. Ruth's unfortunate incident is just a matter of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. However, she's still the target set by Turk and Brittany just because she's black.

We may be living in a world of pretence and denial but we can't run away from facts. Just because I'm Chinese, it doesn't mean that I'm from China nor I can speak Mandarin. There are so many Chinese people from around the world and there are so many dialects in the Chinese community. I'm Malaysian Chinese and I speak Hokkien/Cantonese, does this make me less Chinese and less human? Not forgetting, we are not supposed to judge people but it seemed that this moral is lost in evolution.

I am thoroughly in awe with this book. It was truly engaging from the start and filled with many twists and turns, leading it to an unexpected ending. Who would have thought this was written by a white author? The demeanour it was written with the many slang intertwined did surprised me as I can actually imagined the whole story! Octavia Butler is perfect as Ruth with Edward Norton as Turk and Stephanie March as Kennedy. Definitely a book worth reading, word by word, with it's perfect plots and melancholy set-up.

Jodi Picoult must have done a huge and thorough homework on this, digging relentlessly and plotting until the whole story is complete. I can also feel that it was planted and phased meticulously for the desired effect which was not an easy feat, especially since it involves people of colour. Though I'm not a fan of court drama in books, I can totally grasped Jodi's version which was very straightforward with less fancy words and I can absorbed the severity of the story. It's definitely written with much thought and care that turned out to be dramatically entertaining for me.

If you are a sensitive reader and find racism uncomfortable, this book is not for you. You would require to read this with an open mind and do not be judgemental. Even though it's fiction, it does touch a part of our livelihood so please read with care.

There were many notable quotes but I've listed here the few which touched me:-
"Baby," my mama said, "it's not easy for a Black girl to want. You have to show them you're not a Black girl. You're Ruth Brooks." She would squeeze my hand. "You are going to get everything good that's coming to you - not because you beg for it, and not because of what color you are. Because you deserve it."

This is what's so upsetting to me about the incident at the hospital: I'm known as the fixer, the one who figures out a solution. I'm not the problem. I'm never the problem.

That's just what they want: for you to doubt yourself. As long as they can make you think you're not worthy, they still got you in chains.

"Then why pretend?"
"Because it's what lawyers do. I lie for a living. If I thought it was going to get you acquitted, I could tell the jury that Davis Bauer was a werewolf. And if they believe it, shame on them."

Ruth looks at me. "I'd rather they think I'm a liar than a murderer."

Monday, 16 July 2018

Phuket: Jungceylon Mall with Ant-Man and the Wasp

It was a cloudy morning hence our plan to walk the beach had to be scraped in fear of rain. In the end, we detoured to Jungceylon Mall after breakfast, hoping for the sky to clear up after a couple of hours or so. When it didn't, we decided to shop and watch a movie instead. Well, Ant-Man and the Wasp has just been released so what a good timing!

Here are some of the yummy buffet breakfast provided by Forty Winks Hotel. Everyday, there's something different but alas... I forgot to take a photo of my favourite croissant which I dipped in hot coffee. Honestly, I loved the rich and smooth taste of the coffee here!

While waiting for the weather to change, we had a relaxing yamcha moment at Chicco Cafe.
My fav Thai iced milk tea with bubble!
When the weather still remained cloudy, we decided to have lunch at Food Bazaar, a food court in Jungceylon which served affordable local and foreign food. 
Honestly, cinemas in Thailand are really clean and comfortable plus their patrons are well behaved. I've not encountered any unfortunate incidents yet so I can safely rate SF Cinema 4/5 as of now. Premium seat price is a little steep but it was worth every penny! Though we have to stand up in respect of their king and national anthem, it was an enjoyable experience watching Ant-Man and the Wasp. I was so immersed in the movie from the start to the end! Also, their popcorns were awesome as it comes with 4 different flavours!

We couldn't resist buying this combo set at THB 339!!!
You can read my full review of the movie here. After movie, it was time to head back to the hotel. Since we have to pass by the night market, we also packed some food back for dinner! All in all, it was definitely a lazy day aside from shopping and movie! I've not had such laid back holiday in a while, without itinerary and all!
Yummy street food from the night market!!!
Next: day 3 by the beach finally...

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Phuket: my pre-birthday vacation

After a long wait, the day finally arrived for our vacation! I sure was delirious, can't wait to board the plane! But then the vacation days passed by so damn fast and it's time to return home, boo hoo!!!

Hubby and I enjoyed and preferred the easy paced Phuket for a short getaway before my birthday. Sun, sea and seafood galore... what more can I asked for?!!! All in all, I've totally enjoyed this relaxing holiday and wished that it could be longer... but then work beckons... sigh!

Anyway, here's a recap of our first day in Phuket...
Early breakfast at Subway KLIA2

TIP 1: Upon arriving at Phuket International Airport, you can buy Tune sim pack after you have exited the customs. Tune network works perfectly for our 4 days trip and we didn't even bother using the hotel's WiFi!

TIP 2: If you can't decide to take either the minibus or taxi to your hotel, just multiply the headcount. For example, it costs THB 800 for a taxi to Patong and THB 180 per pax for minibus. So if you have 2 pax, it's more cost efficient to take the minibus. Either way, you will still have to stop over their mid point sales centre to listen to their 'short sales speech'.

We have checked into the same hotel which we favoured, Forty Winks Hotel, as we liked their customer service and room service... friendly and clean. No photos of the room here as we were too anxious to freshen up and go out! The weather was so sunny and perfect! You can view the photos of the room from my previous post here.

As always without fail, our sumptuous seafood gourmet lunch at Banzaan Market. Unfortunately, the price of live seafood has increased by +- THB500 compared to our last trip in December last year. Apparently, according to the seller, the lobsters are from Australia and not local hence the steep pricing. Well, it looked the same to me so I would not have known if he had lied...
Our lunch was less than THB 2,000 in total
 Some photos of the ground floor wet market...

After lunch, we headed to Jungceylon Mall to jalan jalan for a while... we did noticed this time around there was an influx of foreign workers. I did find them intimidating and not as service oriented as they were more keen on $$$. Even the locals seemed not motivated to work and more lackadaisically unfriendly. In the end, we only frequent those shops with locals who are enthusiastic to do business hence our lesser purchase this time around. Good for our wallets though LOL!!!
Tea time at Food Bazaar!
We decided to head back to the hotel's private pool for a quick dip! Loving the weather then... so sunny yet breezy!
After shower, we headed for dinner at the night market in front of Banzaan Market... there are a variety of local food here ranging from rice to noodle to salad etc. Just be aware that when you reached towards the other end with lots of seafood menu, you would be accosted by the many pedlars promoting their food menu. I hated being here as there are lots of haggling and crowding and pushing! I'll always quicken my pace to avoid them! Anyway, we've already known what we want so we just bought it and looked for a space to stand and eat. So yummy in my tummy!!!
A must: Khao Kang Moo!!! Plus some yummy grilled marinated meat LOL!
Another must: after dinner walk to Bangla Street to cuci mata LOL!!! A definite exercise for the whole body including the eyes!!! I remember we took some photos but it seemed to be missing now...hmmm! All in all, we did not require any public transport as it's all walking distance which we really liked. It's only a 5 mins walk from Forty Winks Hotel to Jungceylon Mall and another 10 mins to Bangla Street. You just need your bearings right and head in the right direction. It was such a relaxing first day for us, enjoying the familiar facades of the hotel, the mall, the street and the food.

Next: day 2 stuck in the mall

Monday, 9 July 2018

MPOV: Ant-Man and the Wasp

My rating: 3/5
IMDb rating: 7.7/10
Released: July 4, 2018
Director: Peyton Reed
Casts: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Hannah John-Kamen, Laurence Fishburne
Type: PG-13 fantasy science fiction

In 1987, Janet van Dyne / Wasp shrinks between the molecules of a Soviet nuclear missile, disabling it but becoming trapped in the microscopic quantum realm. Hank Pym / Ant-Man raises their daughter Hope assuming that Janet is dead. Years later, former criminal Scott Lang takes up the mantle of Ant-Man and discovers a way to both enter and return from the quantum realm. Pym and Hope begin work on repeating this feat, believing they may find Janet alive. Lang and Hope also start a romantic relationship and begin training to fight together as Ant-Man and the Wasp, until Lang secretly helps Captain America during a skirmish between the Avengers in violation of the Sokovia Accords. Lang is placed under house arrest, while Pym and Hope go into hiding and cut ties with Lang.

Two years later, Pym and Hope briefly manage to open a tunnel to the quantum realm. Lang receives an apparent message from Janet, who he is quantumly entangled with. Despite having only days left of house arrest, Lang decides to call Pym. Hope kidnaps Lang, leaving a decoy so as not to arouse suspicion from FBI agent Jimmy Woo. Seeing the message as confirmation that Janet is alive, Pym and Hope work to create a stable tunnel so they can take a vehicle to the quantum realm and retrieve Janet.

Hope arranges to buy a part needed for the tunnel from black market dealer Sonny Burch, but Burch has realized the potential profit that can be earned from Pym and Hope's research and double-crosses them. Hope fights Burch and his men off, until she is attacked by a quantumly unstable masked woman. Lang tries to help fight off this "ghost", but she escapes with Pym's portable lab.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

Watching this movie in Phuket was a pleasant experience as the movie-goers were civil with good manners... no rude shaking chair from behind nor extra narrators talking loudly. With the comfy cosy seats, I've truly enjoyed this movie from the start to the end!

Overall, it's totally hilarious! The plots, aside from action-packed CGI, were written with one end result in mind... to ENTERTAIN! It may not seemed perfect but it was entertaining from the start to the end of the movie. With Paul Rudd's straight face, it was unbelievably funny when he became someone else! Also, Michel Pena's character, though seemed dull, was actually funny in it's own quirky way! The characters totally blend in together and formed this awesome movie!

It's a movie worth watching with the family (aged 13 years and above ya) in the cinema. I've even watched it twice and I did enjoy it more the second time!

PSA: there are 2 post credit scenes ya so make sure you stay till the end which is related to Infinity War :-)

Friday, 29 June 2018

CSM: MDDB Sanctuary – Homes Of Justice For Rescued Street Dogs

MDDB require more funds to pay their bills and their new sanctuary. Please donate if you are able to. For more details, you can click on the link below:

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Perfect timing........ QOTD

This came just in time... a reminder to self that I'm HUMAN!!!
Thank you, Diana, for sharing this at a time when I'm beginning to doubt myself, feeling so low and down.

Thank you, Lori Deschene, for this inspirational quote.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Feeling a little low...

Though I've been trying to think positively
Negativity kept invading my thoughts
It's so hard to shake it off
In fact it has mutilated my actions
I can't behave rationally
And people would think I'm rude
Everything is bottled up in my heart
It's so hard to let it all go
It keeps wanting to eat my heart up
All those negativity is making my heart so dark and black
So evil and selfish
So bitter and sick

How to let it all go?
How to push it out of my mind?
How to think more rationally?
How to be optimistic?
How to be more open and positive?

This is definitely not an easy feat... how now, brown cow???


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